Florida Won Rallies to Capture Seagram Cup

Live Oak Plantation’s Florida Won returned to his winning form with a fast-closing victory in the $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 2 at Woodbine.Watch Replay

The 4-year-old son of Birdstone   trained by Mark Casse sat in eighth place in the field of nine, as many as 5 1/2 lengths behind pacesetter Asserting Bear, who ran fractions of :24.75, :48.98, and 1:12.63 through six furlongs in the 1 1/16-mile event.

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American Pharoah Takes Haskell With Ease

The crown didn’t prove heavy for American Pharoah.

Looking every bit like his Triple Crown-winning self Sunday, Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park, American Pharoah won the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes  (gr. I) with ease, cruising home 2 1/4 lengths in front of Keen Ice while wrapped up by Victor Espinoza. Watch Replay  

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Jim Dandy: Texas Red Denies Frosted

Those who questioned the class level of Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red had to eat their words Aug. 1, as the son of Afleet Alex   turned back Frosted by half-length in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course. Watch Video

Japan showed the way in the field of four, with opening fractions of :24.37, :48.15, and 1:11.92 through six furlongs. But Texas Red was never far behind, despite breaking slowest of all, and rolled wide off the final turn full of run in the 1 1/8-mile event, a prep for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I).

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Uncertainty as Delaware Drops Pletcher Case

A recommendation by an attorney for Delaware racing stewards to drop a therapeutic medication overage case against multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher could impact the sport’s move toward uniform medication rules, according to Pletcher’s attorney in the case.

In news first covered by Frank Vespe’s blog on Mid-Atlantic racing, The Racing Biz, Delaware stewards opted this year to not move forward on an overage for the corticosteroid betamethasone in grade I winner Princess of Sylmar following the Pletcher trainee’s runner-up finish as the 1-5 favorite in last year’s Delaware Handicap (gr. I). No one disputed the finding of Delaware’s equine testing laboratory—then LGC Science in Lexington—of the split-sample comfirmation.

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After Anxious Moment, American Pharoah Cool

As the crowd watched American Pharoah walk toward a paddock schooling session at Monmouth Park Friday, July 31 in advance of his run in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), the Triple Crown winner provided an anxious moment when he took several quick steps toward a rail.

The brief scare occurred while American Pharoah walked through the tunnel under the Monmouth Park grandstand from the track to the walking ring. After four or five steps toward a rail lining the tunnel, American Pharoah was back under the control of his handlers just a few feet before making contact.

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New York OTBs, CDI at Odds Over Host Fees

New York’s five off-track betting corporations said they have cut ties with Churchill Downs Inc. and won’t offer signals from tracks owned by the company or tracks that contract with CDI to sell their product in the simulcast market. CDI July 30 offered its take on the situation: The OTB corporations are simply trying to maximize their profits at the expense of live racing. New York has five OTB corporations that serve most of the state: Western OTB, which also owns Batavia Downs Gaming; Capital District OTB; Catskill OTB; Nassau OTB; and Suffolk OTB. New York City Off-Track Betting Corp., which at one time generated roughly $1 billion a year in pari-mutuel wagering, went out of business several years ago. – See more at: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/93286/new-york-otbs-cdi-at-odds-over-host-fees#sthash.1tGUcf3G.dpuf

American Pharoah Arrives at Monmouth

Jet-setting Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrived on the East Coast safe and sound July 29, after traveling from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s California base to Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where he will run in the Aug. 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational (gr. I).

Set for his first start since taking the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I) at Belmont Park in New York, the Zayat Stables runner had a brief layover at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, then continued on to Atlantic City International Airport via Tex Sutton charter. With a police escort leading the way up the Garden State Parkway, he then traveled via Brook Ledge van to Monmouth.

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Breaking Lucky Surprises in Prince of Wales

There will be no bid for a Canadian Triple Crown this year as Breaking Lucky came from last and pulled a 13-1 upset in the Prince of Wales Stakes (VIDEO) July 28 at Fort Erie, denying Queen’s Plate winner and 3-2 favorite Shaman Ghost by a neck.
In seventh and last through six furlongs, Breaking Lucky unleashed his winning rally from six-wide entering the stretch. He finished with plenty of energy to defeat Shaman Ghost on the rail and Field of Courage, who was third another neck back after leading at the top of the lane.
Breaking Lucky was timed in 1:56.59 for 1 3/16 miles on a fast dirt track.
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Durkin Named TCA Honored Guest

Durkin Named TCA Honored Guest

Tom Durkin, one of racing’s great race callers, has been selected by the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as the 2015 Honored Guest, TCA president Shannon Arvin announced July 27.

Durkin will be honored by the club at its 84th Testimonial Dinner at Keeneland Race Course on Tuesday evening, Sept. 29.
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Belmont Average Handle, Attendance Decline

Average daily handle and attendance declined during the 59-day meet at Belmont Park that was highlighted by American Pharoah becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

According to New York Racing Association figures released July 27, all-sources handle on NYRA races was $636,621,791 this year, up 7.5% from the $591,988,056 figure for the 54-day meet in 2014. With five additional racing days this year, average daily handle fell from $10,962,742 last year to $10,790,200 this year.

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